Beate Uhse - The right to love

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Original title Beate Uhse - The right to love
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2011
length 111 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Hansjörg Thurn
script Timo Berndt
production Dominik Frankowski
Heike Hempel
Rita Nasser
Ica Souvignier
Michael Souvignier
music Ulrich Reuter
camera Markus Hausen
cut Ingo Recker

Beate Uhse - The Right to Love is a German TV film by Hansjörg Thurn from 2011 . The film biography is based on the life of the entrepreneur Beate Uhse , embodied in the film by Franka Potente . Ray Fearon , Hans-Werner Meyer , Henry Hübchen , Sylvester Groth , Josefine Preuß and Rike Schmid are cast in leading roles.


At the end of the Second World War , Beate Uhse fled with her two-year-old son Klaus and an aircraft she had hijacked from the Red Army in the British occupation zone . It lands at Leck Airport in Schleswig-Holstein . Her son is handed over to the Red Cross while she is about to be transferred to a British POW camp. The prisoner transporter had an accident on the way there. Uhse only regains consciousness seriously injured in the hospital. She receives the devastating diagnosis that she will never be able to walk again. But because her bed neighbor, the lawyer Georg Tauber, lets his relationships play, she not only gets her son Klaus back, but also new courage to face life.

She and her son are allowed to leave the hospital again soon. She meets Ewe Rotermund, homeless, who takes them both into his refugee accommodation. There she finds several women who, given their economic situation, do not want to become pregnant under any circumstances. Uhse then advises her on contraception. Her tips are helpful, and so she and Rotermund start selling a contraception brochure as early as 1946. By 1949 she sells 32,000 copies of her "Typeface X" for 50 pfennigs . She uses the money as start-up capital for her own company. Soon she sells further guides and catalogs as well as condoms and sex articles. When she unintentionally becomes pregnant herself, she marries Ewe Rotermund.

Your company is growing and becoming more and more successful. But there is also social resistance. Uhse violates the " fornication paragraph " 184. She, her husband and the joint company are being sued more and more often and are almost always on trial. Your old friend Georg Tauber always helps. After many more arrests, complaints and public hostility, Beate Uhse managed to open her first shop for “marriage hygiene” in 1962. But the public struggle and the many court hearings have long destroyed their own marriage.

Filming, publication

The film drama was shot under the working title Beate Uhse - I want freedom for love from October 5 to November 10, 2010.

The film was first broadcast on October 9, 2011 on ZDF . Just one day later the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc , published by Ascot Elite Home Entertainment.


Audience rating

The audience share was 5.26 million, which corresponds to a market share of around 15.0 percent.


"The (especially in the supporting roles) excellently played and outstanding [sic] equipped (television) biography paints the spirited image of a courageous businesswoman, whereby personal tragedy and individual happiness are combined in an entertaining and moving way."

“Hansjörg Thun [sic] [...] tells the story of Beate Uhse, one of the most colorful German entrepreneurs, from the last days of the war to her career high in the early 1970s. [...] With Franka Potente playing the title role, Thurn recreates important stages in Uhse's life [...] based on the book by Timo Berndt and focuses on the persecution by a particularly persistent public prosecutor. "

“The ZDF film 'Beate Uhse - the right to love' with a prominent cast tells this story in the form of a court riff. [...] In its better passages, the film functions as a comedic exchange of blows between the two gentlemen. [...] The production doesn't necessarily want to be funny, but rather [...] deliver a docufictional Zeitgeist story of the 50s and 60s. [...] In the end, all of this is a bit much carnival. After all, with really good leading actors, but the director lags behind. The lack of looseness in bed that the film attests to post-war Germans has carried over to the scriptwriter. If only because in its simple script construction Uhse-Potente tells her story with a melancholy, depressed look in retrospect. "

“Why are TV fictions like Beate Uhse not great entertainment in the end - despite good actors? Did the makers shy away from their own courage? The life of Uhse as evening entertainment: Because the idea is evidently daring enough, it was otherwise rather sparse with esprit, sophistication and eroticism. The music cuts through every arc of tension, the figure of the sex entrepreneur is smooth as Teflon. Always go ahead, just don't worry. It could be the book (Timo Berndt) or the game of the otherwise fine Franka Potente. As Beate Uhse, she lets all hardship ricochet off with a smile. The other protagonists [...] also become clumsy shooting gallery figures. [...] The whole story is a single mildly kind flashback. [...] What is missing here is the fun and the wit of Beate Uhses. "

- Barbara Gärtner : Süddeutsche Zeitung

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Beate Uhse - The right to love . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , October 2011 (PDF; test number: 129 809 V).
  2. Beate Uhse - The Right to Love ,
  3. a b TV ratings school girl report: The Uhse competition ,
  4. Beate Uhse - The Right to Love Fig. DVD case (in the picture Franka Potente)
  5. Beate Uhse - The right to love. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  6. ^ The right to love ( Memento of March 2, 2014 in the Internet Archive ). In:
  7. TV column: "Beate Uhse - The right to love": Fornication and order ,
  8. Barbara Gärtner: Lust and Lie. Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 8, 2011, accessed on August 13, 2013 .